Acclamations and commendations come to mind describing how this trip was planned and executed. Our agent and his colleagues did a laudable job putting the trip together on a very tight schedule, accommodating four very different personalities, needs and desires. Attention was paid to detail from the start. Our family was treated like royalty from the moment we deplaned til the sad hour we had to get on the plane back.
We had trepidations about traveling abroad, none of us able to fluently speak italian. Such anxieties were very misplaced. Our agent structured this tour thru three cities semiously rendezvousing with intriguing personal guides and drivers. Beyond the personal guides, mere mention of our agent straightened backs, and ushered us to the front of the line (in a manner of speaking)
While we were robbed of any stories of things gone wrong, (something that always happens when traveling with family), we now have new tales to tell of falling in love with new foods, traveling to places on our bucket list, learning about our heritage, experiencing customs we've only heard about.
Four people, four most memorable moments. My wife enjoyed an excursion to Murano to see glass blowing and the idyllic excursion to Burano. These had been on her bucket list. My daughter fell in love with a custard confection from a memorable dinner in Rome. Tales are told of that night. My son accumulated hours of footage of antique roadsters racing thru Rome while we watched from a sidewalk cafe, enjoying too much grappa for our own good. However, the unexpected highlight of highlights for me was seeing the Raphael and Sebastiano wall and ceiling paintings within the Villa Farnesina.
Beyond the highlights, we had adventurous cab rides seeking out great pizza in Rome. We will always remember the pleasant scent of Jasmine everywhere.
How to top perfection? Our only suggestion would be, if need be, upon arriving, where to pick up simm cards for our phones with the least amount of hastle. That being said, we did wander through, and sampled from Venice's finest shops in our initial quest to get digitally re-connected. While we guiltily procured European simm cards, I do credit having digital maps, restaurant reviews, instant information like museum opening times, along with constant communication amongst us while each went our separate ways, with preventing misadventures that such lack of information could have caused.
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